Property & Conveyancing

Conveyancing – What is it?

Conveyancing is a complex series of tasks that requires knowledge and skill.  It is a great misconception that conveyancing is a simple process that takes little time. 

At Adelta Legal we have both property lawyers and a registered conveyancer to assist with all your property and conveyancing matters.   

Conveyancing involves organising all appropriate documentation required for settlement, communicating with lenders, providing advice and information in relation to the transfer of property ownership and the preparation of all the documents needed in your property transaction   Our aim is to guide buyers and sellers through the conveyancing process so that the transaction is as smooth as possible.  Buying and selling a property can be one of the most important decisions that you will ever make, but we believe the process does not need to be stressful.

It is a misconception that using a legal firm for conveyancing will be more expensive than a conveyancing firm.  Adelta Legal charges competitive fixed fees for all residential conveyancing.  Our fixed fees are all inclusive and we do not charge any “hidden” fees for administration or file maintenance, as is often the case with other conveyancers and lawyers.  Adelta Legal has the benefit of having an in house conveyancer and property lawyers to provide a full service to clients. 

Adelta Legal has a reputation of acting in all matters efficiently and at reasonable cost.  Our fees are competitive and we pride ourselves on the high level of service we provide.  We ‘look outside the square’ when acting for clients in even the most straightforward of matters and often will raise issue with clients that they have not considered but are relevant to their needs.  Being a law firm, we can offer advice in a broader sense relating to a wide range of issues including wills and estate planning and family law considerations which may have an effect on your property transaction. 

Do I have the right to choose my own conveyancer?

You should not assume that the Real Estate Agent needs to decide who will be your conveyancer.  They, of course, have their preferred list of conveyancers that they refer work to however you have the right to choose who you wish to act for you.  When it comes to entrusting the documentation, advice and co-ordination of your transaction to a conveyancer you should decide who the best person is for your transaction, and who will have your best interests at heart.

What are the important stages of a conveyancing transaction?

There are several stages to conveyancing which commence from the time the contract is signed.  There are government searches, finance arrangements to be organised, instructing banks to discharge your mortgage (for a vendor), preparation of documents and title searching.  Then there is the adjustment of outgoings, attending to stamp duty (for a purchaser) and co-ordinating the settlement electronically with all relevant parties.  There could be matters to do with encumbrances, strata or community titles, land divisions or stamp duty exemptions which may also need to be attended to as well as GST and capital gains issues when dealing with investment or commercial properties.

Finance documents are now more complicated  and we find that the time necessary to organise the financial aspects of the loan (and discharge) is getting longer.  There is therefore a need to act promptly as soon as a contract is signed to instruct your financier and your conveyancer so that settlement delays can be avoided.

In addition Adelta Legal can assist you with a range of other property related matters including Sales and Subdivisions, Leasing, Buying and Selling Property or Retirement Village Contracts .

We have offices in the city, at Tea Tree Gully and Morphett Vale for the convenience of clients.   In addition, for the elderly or infirm, visits can be made to clients at home or in hospital.

Call us on 08 8415 5000 or send an email to make an appointment.

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Key people for Property and Conveyancing

Alison Evenden

Director

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Director

LL.B. (Hons)

Alison was first admitted to legal practice in England before migrating to Adelaide in 1988.

After working in UK and in one of Adelaide’s larger firms, Alison commenced her very own legal practice in 1993 until she merged her practice with, and become a partner of, Adelta Legal in March 2011.  She is known for providing a high level of service to clients in all commercial and estate planning and administration fields of practice.

She has acted for international businesses with interests in Australia and advised in connection with the administration of deceased estates in England.

Alison has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide for several years as one of Adelaide’s leading lawyers in the field of estate planning.

Over the last 35 years Alison has particularly specialised in:

  • estate planning and wills
  • deceased estate administration
  • advice to small business
  • commercial transactions
  • property and conveyancing matters,

and is able to assist a range of clients in giving practical, friendly and cost effective advice.

Outside the law Alison is the Chair of a Board of a not-for-profit registered training organisation and until recently has been on the Board of a private retirement village.  She was one of the founding members of the Succession Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia.

She is keen to educate and inform the public on legal issues and is involved in providing many community talks and information sessions for councils and community groups on an annual basis in all areas of wills and estate planning.

Alison is known for her efficient, practical and clear advice, ability to communicate with people of all levels and is conscious of providing advice at a reasonable cost to clients.

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Kate Rhodes

Solicitor

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Solicitor

BA. Criminology & Law (Hons)

After completing her degree in Criminology and Law at the University of Keele Kate moved from England to South Australia in 2009.

Following this Kate worked as an administration assistant and paralegal for over 8 years in the areas of wills, estates, probate and commercial leasing until her admission as a solicitor in 2017.  She has been an integral part of the Adelta Legal team since 2016.

Characteristically a true Yorkshire lass, Kate has a very pragmatic, approachable and welcoming manner and obtains great satisfaction from helping clients in often difficult times.

Kate’s areas of practice include:

  • wills and succession planning
  • probate and estate administration
  • inheritance claims
  • powers of attorney and advance care directives
  • property law
  • commercial law
  • reverse mortgages.

Kate serves on the STEP Emerging Lawyers Sub-Committee and also volunteers at the Council of the Ageing (COTA) on a weekly basis providing legal advice to its members.

 

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Tracy Bowe

Registered Conveyancer

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Registered Conveyancer

CPC Registered Conveyancer Lic/Reg RCO 276695

Tracy has over 20 years’ experience in conveyancing, having worked in legal and private conveyancing offices during that time.  Following completion of the Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing in 2016 her dream of becoming a Registered Conveyancer was realised.

Property has always been her passion and providing a quality service to clients was an integral part of that vision.

Tracy is a member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (SA Division) Inc and has maintained the status of Certified Practising Conveyancer (CPC) by focussing on her continual professional development.

Tracy joined the Adelta Legal team in April 2019 and is enjoying the diversity that is offered from a wide range of clients. She focusses on professionalism, attention to detail and providing a first class quality service.

Areas of expertise include:

  • residential and commercial transactions
  • land divisions
  • deceased estate and matrimonial settlements
  • preparing private Contracts and Form 1 Statements
  • mortgages.

There have been significant changes in the conveyancing industry in recent years with emphasis being on transition towards electronic conveyancing.  Tracy has embraced these changes with enthusiasm and commitment and is well placed to undertake your electronic lodgements and settlements with minimal fuss.  As from 3 August 2020, electronic conveyancing has been mandatory in South Australia and you can be guaranteed that your conveyancing transactions will be expertly managed.

Your conveyancing requirements will be dealt with in a professional and efficient manner to ensure your experience is as uncomplicated and stress free as possible.

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